Anyone can say reassuring words to comfort or encourage a friend or colleague, but not everyone has what it takes to be a motivational speaker. Motivational speaking is simply not just the ability to talk well or empathize with other people. For a motivational speaker to influence and inspire people, he or she has to possess both innate and learned qualities. Many aspire to be inspirational speakers but fail because they lack the personality and abilities needed to motivate people.
Before motivational speakers can expect to inspire and influence optimism in people, they themselves must possess a strong sense of motivation and positivity. This must be evident in the way they live their life and in the way they respond to crisis. A lot of what a motivational speaker has to say are derived from personal experiences of despair, adversity, and triumph. Without meaningful and relevant stories to share, a speech can fall flat and fail to convince an audience. Enthusiasm and optimism cannot be faked and without these elements, the listeners simply can’t connect with the message.
Motivational speakers are often invited to build the morale and give the needed boost during challenging times. If they themselves lack confidence and energy, they can’t possibly help uplift the morale of their audience. A good motivational speaker is innately optimistic and can always find reasons to make people feel good about themselves in spite of rough patches and difficulties.
Motivational speakers must have the ability to connect with their audience. They must exude a personality and project the impression that they belong to the group, that they understand their situation, and that they can be trusted. The audience see them as a friend or team mate, a confidant, and someone that they can openly talk to. Great inspirational speakers possess the innate gift of relating to every individual in a crowd while addressing the crowd as a whole.
A motivational speaker uses humor, honesty, humility, and real emotions to win the crowd over. Stories of past failures, fears, and insecurities tell the crowd that a speaker is an ordinary human being like every member of the audience.
A good motivational speaker has a voice that resonates throughout the venue and reaches out to everyone. Voice projection us something that can be learned and should be studied because it can determine the outcome of a speech and the delivery of the message.
Good speakers know how to modulate their voice, speak clearly, and pace their words to keep the interest of the audience. A natural speaker has a pleasant voice that can be used to keep the audience engaged, relaxed, and more receptive to the message.
Effective motivational speakers are great performers and entertainers who can feign tears, dance, and make the audience laugh and feel great about the event and about themselves. They send their audience home smiling with the important message clearly ringing in their head.
While many of these qualities are mostly inherent, motivational speakers must not rely solely on innate skills; they must demonstrate that they know what they are talking about. A good motivational speaker is not just good at talking. An inspirational speech should have substance, relevance, and sense. This can only come from a good research on the organization, the subject, and the audience. Some speeches require technical expertise or experience, but most motivational speeches are aimed at generating positive change and influencing people’s direction.
Choosing the right motivational speaker for your event can be challenging considering the number of speakers who are just too willing to offer their services. A review of their past engagements can offer a clue if they are indeed the right speaker for your organization.
Most motivational speakers also use humor, but not to the extent that a humorist would.